Minnesota’s DWI law provides misdemeanor penalties and driver’s license suspension for any driver under age 21 who is convicted of driving a motor vehicle anywhere in the state while consuming alcohol or while there is physical evidence of such consumption present in the person’s body. (This law applies only to the driver and not to any passengers.)
However, a violation of the zero-tolerance law for underage drinking and driving does not in itself constitute a DWI/impaired driving violation, nor can it be used as an enhancing factor for any subsequent DWI violation.
CREDIT: The content of this post has been copied or adopted from An Overview of Minnesota’s DWI Laws, originally published by the Minnesota House of Representatives Research Department and written by legislative analysts Jim Cleary and Rebecca Pirius.
This is also part of a series of posts on Minnesota’s DWI Laws.